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Daly, Daniel Mr

Research Fellow

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Primary Group - Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Overview


The key aim of Daniels’ work is to help tackle the challenge of improving the energy performance and sustainability of our existing buildings, through the provision of robust evidence-based research and recommendations. Daniel is expert in the field of energy efficiency for existing buildings, and has a passion for multi-disciplinary research, research with impact beyond publications, and research that improves people lives.  Meeting the challenges posed required a diverse skill set, a willingness to embrace methods from other disciplines, and an ability to translate complexity into practical actions.

Daniel has expertise in the NSW residential sector, including projects on aggregating buildings using dwelling typologies, energy epidemiology, comparison of building energy rating tools, and the NSW social housing sector.  Recently, Daniel has been the project manager and primary researcher for a number of major projects working with social housing providers to embed low carbon upgrades into existing building assessment, maintenance and upgrade processes. Daniel recently gave expert evidence at the public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties) Bill 2018, and has authored guides to retrofitting of owner-occupied and social housing properties. 

His specific areas of expertise and research activity include:

  • Extensive field research experience evaluating the practical implementation of energy efficiency for educational, commercial and residential buildings;
  • Multi-disciplinary collaborations to answer complex questions with policy implications
  • Building Performance Simulation, including detailed building simulations as well as approaches to stock modelling and aggregation;
  • Building energy rating, including existing tools such as NatHERS, BASIX, the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, and bespoke auditing tools;

Daniels’ PhD research explored the best methods to improve the energy efficiency of lower quality office buildings, using extensive building energy simulation, qualitative analysis, and case study investigations. During his PhD research, Daniel was awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship to spent time at the Energy Institute, at the University College, London. Daniel was also a core member of the UOW Solar Decathlon China 2013 competition winning team, which successfully demonstrated how to retrofit a typical Australian home to be a high-performance, net-zero energy homes. 

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research Interests:
    • Low Income Energy Efficiency; 
    • Human factors in building sustainability;
    • Existing building retrofit strategies;
    • Sustainable precinct transformations;
    • Energy efficient building design;
    • Building energy modelling;
    • Building energy rating schemes.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>The <a href="http://builtbetter.org/node/8142" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Guide to Implementing Low Carbon Retrofits for Social Housing </em></a>was developed to provide a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades to achieve improved energy performance and thermal comfort in their dwellings. The guide was developed in the aftermath of a long term engagement with housing providers and tenants, to understand existing maintenance and upgrading practices and the constraints that exist in this sector. Energy audits, energy and temperature monitoring were undertaken in a number of social housing properties around NSW, and the challenges facing vulnerable tenants were highlighted. <br /><br />The guide was designed to distil the complex process of energy auditing, energy monitoring and retrofit allocation undertaken the researchers into a a concise summary of effective energy efficiency options for social housing properties, that could support simple actions to improve management and tenant well being. The guide includes:</p><ul><li>Advice on priority upgrades;</li><li>Important things to consider when deciding whether to implement an upgrade;</li><li>Practical implementation advice to ensure the upgrade is implemented well;</li><li>Complementary retrofit considerations to make the most of opportunities as they arise;</li></ul><p><br /><br /></p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Understanding thermal comfort and energy consumption in Social Housing.
    • Energy efficiency, comfort and health in low income households.
    • Health and comfort implications of low energy retrofit strategies. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Develop Building Energy Modelling Techniques to Optimise Energy Retrofit Measures in Residential Buildings Carratt, Anneleise

Advisee Of


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research Interests:
    • Low Income Energy Efficiency; 
    • Human factors in building sustainability;
    • Existing building retrofit strategies;
    • Sustainable precinct transformations;
    • Energy efficient building design;
    • Building energy modelling;
    • Building energy rating schemes.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>The <a href="http://builtbetter.org/node/8142" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Guide to Implementing Low Carbon Retrofits for Social Housing </em></a>was developed to provide a simple to use reference for social housing asset managers and others involved in social housing upgrades to achieve improved energy performance and thermal comfort in their dwellings. The guide was developed in the aftermath of a long term engagement with housing providers and tenants, to understand existing maintenance and upgrading practices and the constraints that exist in this sector. Energy audits, energy and temperature monitoring were undertaken in a number of social housing properties around NSW, and the challenges facing vulnerable tenants were highlighted. <br /><br />The guide was designed to distil the complex process of energy auditing, energy monitoring and retrofit allocation undertaken the researchers into a a concise summary of effective energy efficiency options for social housing properties, that could support simple actions to improve management and tenant well being. The guide includes:</p><ul><li>Advice on priority upgrades;</li><li>Important things to consider when deciding whether to implement an upgrade;</li><li>Practical implementation advice to ensure the upgrade is implemented well;</li><li>Complementary retrofit considerations to make the most of opportunities as they arise;</li></ul><p><br /><br /></p>

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Understanding thermal comfort and energy consumption in Social Housing.
    • Energy efficiency, comfort and health in low income households.
    • Health and comfort implications of low energy retrofit strategies. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Develop Building Energy Modelling Techniques to Optimise Energy Retrofit Measures in Residential Buildings Carratt, Anneleise

Advisee Of


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

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